Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 4, July-August

60 Moments in Time: 1948-2008: The Organization of American States Commemorates 60 Years of Promoting Solidarity and Peace in the Hemisphere
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SIXTY YEARS AGO, IN BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, representatives of the nations of the Americas articulated the principles that for more than half a century have guided the work of the Organization of American States (OAS). The signing...
Birds of Paradise
PEOPLE ARE ATTRACTED to the tropical regions of the Americas for the beautiful weather and relaxed lifestyle. High humidity and blazing sun encourages us all to take it slow. In a recent study, scientists have found that the birds in the tropics have...
Clash of Literary Titans
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "It can take me months to write a poem! I correct it endlessly," Octavio Paz once confessed to Argentine photographer Sara Facio, when she was taking his portrait for a book about writers. That was in 1970, and he was marveling...
Cultural Connections in Belize
Located in the heart of Central America, just below the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize stands out for its stunning geographical diversity. It has fiat, sometimes swampy plains in the north, picturesque mountains in the west, breathtaking coastal stretches...
Demographic Diversity: In Two Very Different Caribbean Countries-Trinidad and Tobago and Belize-The Faces of the People Reflect a Rich Ethnic Mix
[ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] TAKE A STROLL AROUND TRINIDAD'S DIVALI NAGAR, OR VILLAGE OF LIGHTS, on one of the nine nights commemorating the age-old Hindu festival known as Divali, and you're likely to think you've been transported across the seas to...
Echoes of Ancient Times
It has been more than a decade since Nebiur Arellano has lived in Peru, but the shapes and colors of her native country continue to infuse her vivid paintings on silk. "When I paint," she writes in a statement of her artistic vision, "I can almost...
From the Editor
In this issue, we highlight three important anniversaries. It has been 60 years since the OAS Charter--the compass that guides the Organization of American States (OAS)--was signed by 21 countries in Bogota, Colombia. Today, the 34 member states that...
Life in the Slow Lane: For an Animal That Does Little but Sleep and Eat, the Sloth Has Proved to Be a Remarkable Survivor, Hanging out in Tropical Forests from Nicaragua to Paraguay
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Al Gardner is a curious man. Once, while walking at night on Barro Colorado Island in Panama, the US Geological Survey wildlife biologist came across a sloth clinging to a vine growing from a tall tree. His curiosity piqued,...
Oasis of Peace: Verdant Volcanoes and Ancient Legends Are Just Part of the Lure of Isla De Ometepe, an Idyllic Refuge in the Vast Expanse of Lake Nicaragua
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Like islands everywhere, Isla de Ometepe seems like a world unto itself. Even during the Sandinista Revolution of the 1970s and the contra war of the 1980s, this tropical island in Lake Nicaragua was untouched by violence,...
Peace Parks
THE CONCEPT WAS BORN amidst the craggy, glacier-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains that cut through the most remote and under-populated region along the shared border of Canada and the United States. In the early twentieth century, each country had...
Pizzazz on the Podium: Gustavo Dudamel
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Seldom in the history of classical music has an artist ascended as quickly and with as much giddy fanfare to the summit of international acclaim as has Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Virtually overnight, the wunderkind...
Surreal Sanctuary
Edward James, an eccentric British millionaire and close friend of artists Rene Magritte, Leonora Carrington, and Salvador Dali, always said that he wanted to live in his own Garden of Eden. So, starting in 1949 and working over a 35-year period--and...
The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A number of initiatives that have the support of both national and international organizations are yielding positive results when it comes to one of the hemisphere's most serious problems: youth unemployment. This situation...
There's Green in Green
EVER SINCE Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1912 novel The Lost World introduced readers to "the grandest, richest, most wonderful bit of earth upon this planet," conservationists have been designing creative ways to protect Latin America's wildest places....
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